Adobe Flash for Windows Phone 7 Confirmed

Adobe has since halted development of Adobe Flash 10.1 for mobile on Windows Mobile when Microsoft had announced Windows Phone 7. Now, the company has confirmed that it will be working to bring its popular browser plugin to the Windows Phone 7 platform, though the exact timing is still not disclosed nor has any devices with Windows Phone 7 shipped. A Flash product manager had posted on his blog that Windows Phone 7 will be among the platforms to get Flash support–most notably absent is Apple, which is in an embittered fight with Adobe on HTML v. Flash.

I am excited about Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2.0 and all of the opportunities that they will make available to Flash developers across multiple platforms (desktop, Android, Palm, Windows Phone 7, RIM, etc…).

In a bit of PR spin, the blog post continues to mention: “We are at the beginning of a significant change in the industry, and I believe that ultimately open platforms will win out over the type of closed, locked down platform that Apple is trying to create.” Apple has since responded to the post by saying that the iPhone OS’s support of HTML5 makes it open whereas Flash is the proprietary plugin: “Someone has it backwards — it is HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and H.264 (all supported by the iPhone and iPad) that are open and standard, while Adobe’s Flash is closed and proprietary.”

To be fair, Apple’s platform, although it advocates for open standards, is one of the most tightly controlled and non-open modern smartphone platforms.

(via: Mobile Tech World)

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